The company that introduced the world's first
mass produced car also created many iconic (now classic) models
during the course of the 20th century.
The bulky Model T and Model A were followed,
in 1932, by the Model Y, the first compact Ford specifically
designed for the European market.
For many motorists in the austerity Britain of
1945 to 1953, the Ford Anglia/Popular 103E offered the first chance
to purchase a brand new car. As a result, it holds a special place
in drivers' hearts. In reality, it was a basic, no-frills vehicle
with few instruments. In fact, earlier models featured a single
vacuum powered wiper and no indicators!
With greater prosperity came more
sophisticated and attractive offerings from Ford, including the
Anglia 105E and the iconic Cortina, Escort and Capri.
Ford's rich and varied history has resulted in
a huge range of collectible cars, with each era of production
having its dedicated followers.
Devotees of the rock 'n' roll '50s can choose
from the various Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac Mk1 and 2 models, as
well as smaller offerings like the 100E.
In the '60s, Ford swung, producing weird and
wonderful cars including the Anglia 105E, the Consul-Classic and
the Capri. These were followed by the Cortina, Corsair and Escort,
with the needs of the large car market being met by the Zephyr and
Zodiac Mk3 and Mk4 ranges.
1970s enthusiasts have the Ford Cortina MkIII
and MkIV, as well as the Escort Mk2 and Granada range to choose
from. The era of the Ford hatchback dawned in 1976, with the
appearance of the first Ford Fiesta.
The 1980s saw the last Cortinas, and the
arrival of their replacement, the Sierra. New versions of familiar
names were also available, with updated Fiestas, Granadas and
Escorts going into production.
If you want a little (or a lot) more speed
from your Ford, look out for the Cortina-Lotus Escort Mexico and RS
ranges, as well as later XR2s, XR3s, XR4s and Ford Cosworth Escort
and Sierra models.
BUYING AND OWNING
Most individual Ford models have their own
enthusiasts' club, and these are an excellent starting point when
you're looking for a particular type of car.
However, this also means that parts supply for
each vehicle is often limited to just one or two small companies,
with little crossover between models.
Later classic Fords fare better when it comes
to mechanical parts, but some body panels can be hard to get hold
of and are therefore expensive.
Fords of the 1950s to 1980s are particularly
rust-prone, so look out for corrosion and poorly executed repairs.
On the plus side, in terms of mechanics, most classic Ford cars are
a dream to work on.
Besides the unmolested classics, Fords are
very popular in the custom car/hot-rod scene. With these highly
modified versions you will need to make sure that all of the
changes made to the car are disclosed to your insurer. Some Ford
classic car insurance providers will only accept a few minor
changes but if you find one in the UK that can supply quotes for
policies specifically designed for custom cars, you should be able
to cover both yourself and the expensive parts for a good
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